Early Stage Researcher - Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network

Job summary

The Human Robotics Group (HRG), lead by Dr. Etienne Burdet, is looking for a talented and motivated PhD student, interested in working in the field of neuroscience, robotics, and haptics intelligence.

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01444
  • Date posted 1 December 2020
  • Closing date 14 December 2020

Job description

Job summary

The Human Robotics Group (HRG), lead by Dr. Etienne Burdet, is looking for a talented and motivated PhD student, interested in working in the field of neuroscience, robotics, and haptics intelligence.

Duties and responsibilities

The Human Robotics Group at Imperial (HRG) is part of the Bioengineering Department. At HRG, we use an integrative approach of neuroscience and robotics to investigate human sensorimotor control, and to design efficient assistive devices and training systems for neuro-rehabilitation, which are tested in clinical trials and have been commercialised: TyroMotion MYRO, Gripable, Neurofenix Neuroball. This approach has generated promising projects and significant results in various areas from computational neuroscience to medical robotics, neural engineering and tissue engineering, some of which are described here. HRG is part of the Human Interface lab, robotics@imperial, AI@imperial and the Centre of Neurotechnology.

Essential requirements

This research project is part of the INTUITIVE-Project (Innovative Network for Training in ToUch InteracTIVE Interfaces, https://www.intuitive-itn.eu/) within the framework of the Horizon 2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. The project focuses on "Robotic haptic exploration and perception through predictive coding models". Therefore, we are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student with background from physics, neuroscience, robotics, or artificial intelligence. The main objective of the project is to understand the mechanism by which the brain acquires a haptic representation of the environment, through developing a computational model of this mechanism and implementing it on a robot with a finger equipped with distributed tactile sensors.

A researcher without a PhD, who is in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career, measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.

Further information

The successful candidate will complete a PhD in the Bioengineering Doctoral Training Programme.
The position can start at any time up to December 2020, and is open until filled.

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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